Ana Carolina Reston began modelling in her native Brazil at the age of 13, and was one of the most beautiful models in the world. At 5 feet 8 inches (172 cm), she was a fixture on the covers of fashion magazines and the catwalks of Brazil, Japan, and Hong Kong. Designers loved her...especially Giorgio Armani & Dior, who both featured her in their collections.
While in China, in 2004, Ana Carolina was told that she was "too fat." From that utterance, she began the downward spiral into anorexia, and at the end her diet consisted of only apples and tomatoes.
Ana Carolina's BMI plummeted to 13.4, which is below starvation level. On October 23, 2006, she was admitted to hospital, weighing only 88 pounds (40 kg).
On November 14, 2006, she died of complications due to kidney failure as a result of complications of anorexia and bulimia, at the age of 21 years.
"Reston was admitted to the Samaritano Hospital in Sao Paulo and two days later, on 25 October, she was moved to the Hospital Municipal dos Servidores Publicos, where almost immediately she was admitted to the intensive care unit, where she spent her last 21 days.
Her demise was agonising, a plastic tube inserted down her throat, unable to tell anyone how she felt, although the tears in her eyes must have made that pretty obvious. Patches of her once long brown hair had fallen out, too. Her death certificate...cites her time of death as 7.10 am and lists the cause of death as 'multiple organ failure, septicaemia, urinary infection'. Coldly it adds: 'Leaves no children. Leaves no property. Leaves no will.'"
(all bolding mine)
Please take a moment to watch this moving tribute to Ana Carolina (music by Maroon 5):
Such a tragedy, such a loss.
To read more about Ana Carolina Reston and other models who have died from anorexia and/or bulimia, please click on the links below:
And please click the link below to read an excellent article from The Guardian about Ana Carolina Reston: